| Moving Up the Ladder - The Power of Negative Thinking
by Julie Norem and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
Most of the time, optimism and confidence are described as keys to success in one's career, but it may not be that simple. Psychologist Julie Norem, a professor at Wellesley College, has done intensive research on the idea of defensive pessimism and is the author of "The Positive Power of Negative Thinking." She talks with Tim Muma about the important role of pessimism and how some people need to hear something different to th...
| Executive Decisions - Keys to Strategic Thinking
by Samantha Howland and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
According to a poll done by Chief Executive magazine, seven out of 10 leaders say they do not consider themselves to be strategic thinkers. This can be a major issue for organizations as executives and senior leaders need to find the appropriate balance between current performance with the risks and rewards of the future. Samantha Howland, senior managing partner at Decision Strategies International, describes to Tim Muma the...
| Employment Notebook - Early Recognition to Aid Retention
by Cord Himelstein and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
It's no secret American workers are quick to leave one employer for another with the average job tenure less than five years and millenials barely staying beyond three. Cord Himelstein is the vice president of marketing and communications for Michael C. Fina, an employee recognition company, and he offers up an underutilized strategy. Cord argues companies need to recognize employees sooner and he gives Tim Muma some details o...
| Moving Up the Ladder - Mistakes When Switching Careers
by Alison Elissa Cardy and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
Deciding to completely change careers can be a frightening and challenging proposition. Often times, people who make the leap into another field don't understand what it takes to make a successful transition, causing them to make key mistakes. Alison Elissa Cardy is a career coach who specializes in helping people figure out their career direction, and she joins Tim Muma to discuss the areas people need to focus on when taking...
How to Conquer Your Job Search on LinkedIn in 15 Minutes a Day
by Lindsey Pollak - Dec, 2013
Welcome to the busiest season of the year: schedules are filled with holiday shopping, end-of-year planning, get-togethers, winter weather prep, and so much more. It can be difficult to keep on top of your job search when the rest of life is so busy. My best advice is to create a simple, consistent job search schedule and stick to it. To get you started, here’s a sample schedule to help you master LinkedIn in just 15 minutes p...
Mistake-Free Career Management and Job Search
by Georgia Adamson - Dec, 2013
Is there such a thing as mistake-free career management and job search? In a perfect world, maybe; however, you probably don’t live in a perfect world, so the odds are that you’ll make a mistake here and there throughout your career. That said, you can certainly make a concerted effort to avoid mistakes that have a devastating (or even somewhat disrupting) effect on your professional career progress. Two Mistakes to Avoid...
The Case for Virtual Career Outplacement
by Judith Lindenberger - Dec, 2013
Layoffs have touched nearly every American household over the last few years according to a recent RutgersUniversity study. Nearly a quarter of Americans say they were laid off at some point during the recession or afterward. And, nearly eight in 10 say they know someone in their circle of family and friends who has lost a job. At the same time, working virtually, banking online, paying bills online and even losing weight...
Your Future--Nothing or Everything
by John E. Kobara - Dec, 2013
When I was younger and even more sarcastic (How could that be John?), I was in an interview and was asked my least favorite question: "What is your 10 year plan?" Even back in the pre-hisoric times of my youth, this was a stupid question. I know what the interviewer wanted. "Where are you going and how does this job fit into your plans?" But most interviewers ask clever robotic questions that are part of a list and do not thin...
From Freelance to Full-time on LinkedIn
by Lindsey Pollak - Dec, 2013
Throughout the past several years, the challenging job market and growing acceptance for working virtually have led to a boom in freelancing and contract positions. Many job seekers eagerly took on these roles and thrived in them. If you’ve been a freelancer, consultant or contractor and are now ready to work full time again, here are some ways LinkedIn can help you make your move. The key is to address the main concern a pote...
Holiday Networking and Your Brand
by Wendy J. Terwelp - Dec, 2013
The holidays are fast approaching and that means parties, parties, parties – friends, family, and office parties. A great time to network. Let’s talk first about the “Do’s,” the right things to do during holiday gatherings that improve your brand and build your network: Attend holiday gatherings. I know, you’ve been invited to so many and it can get a bit overwhelming. I encourage you to participate and take an active...
Job Action Day: 5 Quick Tips to Rebuild Your Network
by Wendy J. Terwelp - Dec, 2013
This year’s Job Action Day is about helping our military transition from a Military Career to a New Career. With broad military experience that typically requires travel for extended periods while on active duty, it can be difficult to maintain a network that will be there for you when you’re ready to transition to a civilian career. Here are some tips to reconnect and rebuild your network: Create a networking plan....
Are You Making This Critical Mistake on LinkedIn?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Nov, 2013
Dumping your resume content straight into each section of LinkedIn —and calling it done? If you’re still assuming that your resume will stand in for your Profile, you’re doing yourself (and your job search) a disservice. Here’s why: your resume might be well-written and contain solid achievements—but that doesn’t mean it was developed for online reading or recruiter searches. Here are 3 compelling reasons that p...
Cover Letters That Get Noticed
by Lorrie Boyer - Nov, 2013
The Cover Letter is the first chance you get to make a lasting impression on the potential employer. In many cases, it is what makes the employer or Human Resources person want to read your resume. The cover letter should showcase your personality, professionalism and of course your skills relevant to the position you are seeking. In addition, you should make sure that the tone and how you write the cover letter to a perso...
Fill ‘Er Up!
by Harry Urschel - Nov, 2013
Keeping a full pipeline of job opportunities you are pursuing is one of the best ways to maintain a positive mental attitude, take away fear and worry, and avoid great discouragement in your job search! Too often, job seekers slow down their networking and hunting efforts once they are in process of being considered for a particular position. When that position never materializes, it can feel like a tremendous blow, especi...
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